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Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
Sami Hocine

Anticoagulant drugs can cause side effects and dangerous bleeding, so for some people, aspirin is the better treatment. Read more >


Digoxin Increases Risk of Death in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Charlotte LoBuono

This common drug Increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation. Luckily, there are plenty of good alternatives. Read more >


Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >


Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
Leslie Carr

Electronic cigarettes may help some smokers go smokeless. But kids are picking them up like they're harmless consumer products. Read more >


Ginkgo Promotes Repair Following Stroke
Sami Hocine

The herb ginkgo biloba helped mice generate new neurons after a stroke. Can it do the same for people? Read more >


Running, Even for Just Five Minutes a Day, Helps the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >


Details Emerge on The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Chronic stress — the kind faced by doctors in the ICU — increases white blood cells that can cause life-threatening plaques to form. Read more >


Dark Chocolate Shows Promise for Circulation Problems
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People with peripheral artery disease were able to walk farther and faster after eating chocolate. Only certain kinds helped. Read more >


Low Blood Pressure in Old Age May Bring Cognitive Decline
Esther Entin, M.D.

High blood pressure in old age may not be all bad: It can mean more blood to the brain. Read more >


Blood Pressure Medications Raise Macular Degeneration Risk
Leslie Carr

Lowering your blood pressure is a good idea, but some drugs appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Read more >


Flour Power May Lower Cholesterol and Fight Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When a community substituted a modified form of wheat fiber for the flour in their diets, they saw a big reduction in cholesterol. Read more >


Even Seniors with High Blood Pressure Live Longer by Getting Active
Alice G. Walton

Men with high blood pressure — not to mention those with normal BP — cut their risk of death simply by walking. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >


Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >


Too Little Salt is Bad for You
Leslie Carr

Good news, salt lovers: A huge study has found that reducing sodium intake, even to recommended levels, can be bad for your health. Read more >


Doctors Help Patients Compute the Risk of a Heart Attack
Charlotte LoBuono

Find out if your lifestyle at 40 has left you with the heart of a 20-year-old or a 60-year-old. Read more >


Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >


Consistent Blood Pressure Control Cuts Risk of Second Stroke in Half
Leslie Carr

To avoid a second stroke, keep your blood pressure consistently under control. Read more >


New Mothers Face An Increased the Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

New moms are at higher risk for having a stroke, but too often the signs go unnoticed. Read more >


New Guidelines Are First To Look At Stroke Risk in Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Because women's risk for stroke is far greater than that for men, it is important women follow the new guidelines designed for them. Read more >


Preventing Diabetes with The Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >


Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >


Vitamin D Alone Does Little For Bone Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Vitamin D may not be necessary for older women seeking to protect their bones. Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Offers Little Protection from Disease
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy doesn't seem to offer many health benefits beyond easing the symptoms of menopause. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Mediterranean diet appears to counteract the influence of genes in a healthy way. Score one for nutrition. > Read more >


NVC -- Cerebral Blood Flow and Mental Processing: The Case for Cocoa
Charlotte LoBuono

Our brains use blood the way a Formula 1 car guzzles gas. Cocoa appears to help keep blood flowing. Read more >


Discovery Suggests A Surprising Culprit in Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
Michael J. Gertner

New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >


Breakfast May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Coronary Disease Death
Charlotte LoBuono

Having a good breakfast reduces the risk of heart disease and can even help you lose weight. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Vigorous Exercise a Few Times a Week Reduces the Risk of Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Exercising vigorously enough to sweat a few times a week can help you lower your risk for stroke. Read more >


Even Young, Healthy Smokers Show Signs of Lung Damage
Neil Wagner

Even very early on, smoking causes changes to stem cells that set the stage for cancer. Read more >


How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
Neil Wagner

Not everyone feels their health is threatened by stress, but if you do, it's bad news for your heart Read more >


Too Much Time on Your Hands? Volunteering Reduces Hypertension Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Volunteering is not just good for the soul. It's good for your blood pressure. Read more >


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >


Restaurant Meals Could Be Wrecking Your Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The average restaurant meal serves up half the calories you need in a day. Read more >


Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >


Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

TMAO, a substance found in abundance in the guts of meat eaters, has artery-clogging effects. But is meat the problem? Read more >


Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
Charlotte LoBuono

African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >


A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >


Green Tea and Coffee Reduce Stroke Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

It's not just coffee that protecta against stroke. Green tea lowers the risk by 20% or more. Read more >


Too Much Sodium in the Diet May Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >


Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >


Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. Read more >


Small Reductions in Salt Intake Would Have a Big Impact on Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Cutting our salt intake by just a few grains a day would have an enormous impact on our collective health. Read more >


Stroke Recovery: It May Never Be Too Late
Neil Wagner

Many brain cells that have been damaged by stroke are not dead. Hyperbaric treatment helps them regenerate even years later. Read more >


Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Menopausal Symptoms
Charlotte LoBuono

Complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies may provide relief for women transitioning to menopause. HRT helps, too. Read more >


Special Flavonoids in Berries Reduce Heart Attack Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

You can reduce plaque build-up in arteries just by eating the flavonoids found in deeply red- and blue-colored berries and vegetables. Read more >


Survey Says Dietitians Can Help Physicians Treat Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What happens when physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals work together to curb obesity? Progress. Read more >


Confused About Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish
Neil Wagner

To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >


Aromatherapy Can Lower Heart Rate, Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Exposure to certain scents can lower heart rate and BP. Just don't inhale them for too long. Read more >


Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Lycopene, found in tomatoes, can help prevent strokes. Read more >


Omega-3 Intake Not Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Can taking Omega-3 fatty acids through foods or supplements help prevent heart disease? A new study casts doubt. Read more >


Simple Shoe Lift Improves Stroke Patient Balance, Strength
Neil Wagner

Putting an insole in the shoe of a stroke patient on the unaffected side can improve balance and strength almost immediately. Read more >


A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >


Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >


Potent, Natural Anti-Clotting Agent Found
Neil Wagner

Rutin, a flavonoid, helps block clot formation. It may provide a lower-risk alternative to Warfarin. Read more >


Calcium Supplements: Is It Time To Question Accepted Practice?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Calcium supplements cause a spike in blood calcium levels which may deposit too much of the mineral in the body at one time. Read more >


Heart Benefits of Chocolate Good for A Decade
Charlotte LoBuono

A little dark chocolate every day may actually offer some heart benefits for those with metabolic syndrome. Read more >


Low-Fat Dairy May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating and drinking low-fat dairy products reduced the risk of stroke in a large study... Read more >


Bad Air Days Mean More Heart Attacks, Strokes
Neil Wagner

Air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes. Read more >


Bad News for Red Meat Lovers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating red meat, particularly processed meats like bacon and hot dogs, is associated with a greater risk of early death. Read more >


Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
Esther Entin, M.D.

Being deficient in magnesium raises your risk of stroke. It's better to eat foods with this mineral than take a supplement. Read more >


Citrus Fruits May Have Special Benefit For Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A medium orange contains approximately 60 calories while a cup of orange juice contains twice that amount. Read more >


Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
Alice G. Walton

A new formula for figuring heart and stroke risk is sobering, but luckily many of the risk factors are largely within our control. Read more >


New Ways to Protect the Brain from Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Drugs to reduce the brain's immense energy needs may serve to help preserve it when its blood supply Read more >


Study Questions Effectiveness of Stents at Preventing a Second Stroke
Neil Wagner

Brain stents are not nearly as effective as aggressively treating stroke patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol. Read more >


New Stroke Treatment Works by Reducing Inflammation
Neil Wagner

Alpha-B-crystallin limits damage by soaking up the toxic and inflammatory compounds that... Read more >


Social Causes Kill as Many as Heart Attack, Stroke and Lung Cancer
Neil Wagner

Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >


Beyond Conventional Stroke Therapy: A Role for Yoga
Neil Wagner

Yoga can be useful to stroke patients seeking to regain their balance and confidence. Read more >


Olive Oil May Offer Stroke Protection
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil's heart protective benefits are well known, and using it for cooking may also help prevent strokes. Read more >


At-Home Stroke Therapy: Simpler, Cheaper and Just as Effective
Neil Wagner

Working at home to recover from a stroke can be as effective as rehabilitation in a special center. Read more >


Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A diet rich in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke, but some need to be careful. Read more >


Men and Medicine
Neil Wagner

Men tend not to go to the doctor, leaving high blood pressure and cancer untreated until they become more serious. Read more >


Whole-Grains as Effective as Medication for High Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating whole grains can reduce systolic blood pressure. Read more >


Daily Aspirin May Lower Cancer Risk
Neil Wagner

A study found that low daily doses of aspirin greatly reduced the risk of several types of cancer. Read more >


FDA Verdict on Patient Radiation Overdoses: Operator Error
Neil Wagner

CT scans are a boon to diagnosis, but some may expose patients to way too much radiation. Read more >


Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night Before Bed Boosts Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

Taking blood pressure meds before you go to sleep at night boosts their effectiveness by working with your body's natural rhythms. Read more >


A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
Neil Wagner

A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses... Read more >


Much Confusion Over Angioplasty
Neil Wagner

Opening clogged arteries with angioplasty is useful for relieving angina, but it doesn't prevent heart attacks. Read more >


Some Blood Pressure Medications May Raise Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Renin, an enzyme, may offer a way to figure out which blood pressure meds a patient may best respond Read more >


Reduce Your Anger, Reduce Your Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Relax. Being angry may cause your arteries to thicken and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Better Blood Flow Linked to Larger Brain Size
Neil Wagner

People with hearts that pump most effectively tend to have larger brains. Coincidence? Not likely. Read more >


Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >


Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Alice G. Walton

Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >


Stroking to Prevent Strokes
Neil Wagner

Researchers relieved blocked arteries in rats by stroking a whisker. Can this be applied to humans? Read more >


Beet Juice as a Natural Blood Pressure Medicine
Neil Wagner

People who drank a glass of beet juice had a maximum drop of 10.4 points systolic blood pressure. Read more >


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Alice G. Walton

Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


Tiny Vacuum Removes Blood Clots from the Brain
Neil Wagner

Early studies using a tiny vacuum to remove blood clots in the brain show promise... Read more >


Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Drink one less serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (such as sweet tea, lemonade or soda) and you can lower your blood pressure. Read more >


End of Life Decisions: Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Neil Wagner

Patients with implanted heart devices like pacemakers or defibrillators may want to establish a directive for their deactivation. Read more >


High-Bran Diets May Help Diabetics Live Longer
Alice G. Walton

Eating diets high in bran may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Anemia Drug Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Neil Wagner

Elderly kidney patients should not be given ESAs, or erythropoesis-stimulating agents. The drugs pose a risk of stroke and clots. Read more >


Get to a Doctor Soon after a Mini-Stroke to Avoid Having a Real One
Alice G. Walton

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a mini-stroke, but with no lasting damage. It is often a warning sign and should be treated. Read more >


B-Vitamins May Help Protect from Heart Disease and Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 and folate may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Eating the equivalent of a square of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke Read more >


High Blood Pressure Associated with Dementia, Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is connected to an increase in the number of white matter brain lesions connected to mental decline. Read more >


Women Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Stroke Risk, Study Reports
Alice G. Walton

Coffee appears to reduce the risk of stroke in women. Read more >


Can Potassium Counteract High Sodium?
Neil Wagner

Healthy 19-50 year olds should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, about one teaspoon. Read more >


Risks for Metabolic Syndrome
Neil Wagner

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that increases the chance of contracting heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Read more >


Ultrasound as Clot Buster
Neil Wagner

If a clot or part of it dislodges and travels to the lung and blocks an artery, a pulmonary embolism can occur. Read more >


Salt Still Raises Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

It is very simple: increased salt consumption increases your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). Read more >


Fixing the Gait
Tom Gilbert

More than 700,000 Americans have a stroke each year, many never fully recover. Read more >


Music Soothes the Stroke-Injured Brain
Tom Gilbert

According to fairy tales, music has the power to tame savage beasts. Read more >


U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Tom Gilbert

Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >


Women and the Mid-Life Stroke
Tom Gilbert

Middle-aged women have a far greater risk of stroke than do men. Read more >


Watch Out For Heat Stroke
Tom Gilbert

What is the major cause of heat stroke? Ignorance — of our own bodies, of the weather and of what one can do to the other. Read more >


St. Valentine's Gift from Medicare
Tom Gilbert

Routine screenings can make a big difference in the early detection of aneurysms. Read more >


USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >


Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
Tom Gilbert

There is an obesity paradox in cardiovascular health. Heavier people tend to survive health crises better, but are more at risk. Read more >


"Good" Fat Protein May Protect Blood Vessels
Tom Gilbert

Adiponectin stops white blood cells from the immune system from attaching to blood vessel walls. Read more >


A New Look at Stroke Prevention
Tom Gilbert

The eye is part of the brain and the same blood vessels feed both organs. Read more >


Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Paolo M. Suter, M.D.

Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >


"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Morgan Campbell, M.D.

Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >


Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >





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